USRJ S3 Ep 28 Mineola to Marshall

Mineola to Marshall –  US Rail Journeys Series 3 Episode 28

‘Mineola to Marshall’ continues our journey through the afternoon and in to the evening.

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As the episode opens we are travelling through the countryside as we approach Mineola. We stop short of the station, across a level crossing, waiting for permission to enter the station.

I have a good view of the main street and the bandstand which is proudly flying the Stars and Stripes, the national flag of the US. I wonder whether this is left over from the celebrations of ‘Independence Day’ yesterday.

Just after we pull out of Mineola there is the first call for dinner. There are only two sittings today.


We pass through some lovely countryside on our journey from Mineola to Longview. There is dappled sunlight and a beautiful lake full of reflections.

The red brick station dates from 1940, replacing an 1874 building. Its in the Colonial Revival style, popular in the early 20th century. There are stylized quoins, brick cornice and grey stone trim highlighting the coping, keystones and lintels.

In its heyday there were several Missouri Pacific and Texas & Pacific trains a day.

Soon after leaving Longview we pass a car breakers yard.


Marshall is a crew change stop. The crew finishing their shift allow me off the train so that I have time to photograph a steam locomotive and a caboose which are part of the railway museum.

The station, known as the T&P Depot, is the only surviving structure of the Texas and Pacific Railway complex which originally consisted of fifty-seven buildings spanning 66 acres.

I re-board the train as we set off for our next stop at Texarkana which, apparently, is on the state line.

Next up:

If you enjoy these podcasts please join me in a couple of weeks as we continue our journey on the Texas Eagle across the state line from Texas to Arkansas.


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Author: Tim D

In the early 1970s Mr Timothy & his Phonograph was a popular mobile disco around Leeds University and Tim was known as MrT. Tim also spent 9 years broadcasting a weekly programme on Hospital Radio in Wakefield. He worked for more than 40 years for large industrial organisations and spent his last 15 years in global commercial management roles. Following retirement he started making podcasts in 2017.